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Citation:   Krysta'Lynn. "Wonderdrug?: An Experience with Venlafaxine (exp26293)". Sep 22, 2005.

150 mg oral Pharms - Venlafaxine (daily)
If I hadn't heard of this drug before reading up on it, I would be scared out of my wits to want to be put on it since it seems that nothing good can come of it. I've been seeing a psychiatrist for about 9 months, which isn't that long. For the first few months she would only up my dosages of Prozac, which did absolutely nothing. I have a lot of friends who are on medications, and my friend told me that she was on something called Effexor, which was used to treat Depression and Anxiety. I seem to be able to diagnose myself better than my therapist could, so I told my Psychiatrist that I wanted to change my medication, and I specifically wanted to be put on Effexor, so I was. It took a week or two for it to begin working effectively, but then it worked every day. The side effects that I had was mild dizziness every once in a while and sleepyness. I used to take my medication at night before I went to sleep which caused insomnia, but I changed my dosage time and now I sleep fine. Whenever I am on my meds I am perfectly happy, or at least feeling somewhat content. I am able to function perfectly fine without it really getting in the way with every day activities. When I stop taking it, my paranoia and depression DOES come back, I get intense feelings of despair, loneliness, sadness, what have you.

I know that all drugs work differently for everyone, but I figured that there should be at least one article that isn't only negative about the drug. I think it is very effective and I actually enjoy taking it. While on it, I understand things and accept things much more easily, and it's really helped me with my imbalance.

Exp Year: 2003ExpID: 26293
Gender: Female 
Age at time of experience: Not Given
Published: Sep 22, 2005Views: 28,758
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